You’re on a plane, heading to somewhere tropical, far away. But there’s a screaming child next to you, so you can’t sleep. Oh wait – that’s your child.
Wouldn’t a domestic trip have been better? You ask yourself.
Well, according to four out of five parents, it is. But that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t, or shouldn’t, travel internationally with their kids.
Over 1000 parents were surveyed by HotelsCombined, which revealed that Aussie kids are seeing the world more than ever, despite the obvious challenges for parents that comes with travelling with kids (see above about screaming children).
Overall, over 80 per cent of parents said domestic holidays were better for kids wellbeing, as international travel can often be a testing and lengthy affair.
Less than 50 per cent of parents have internationally travelled with their kids, but 90 per cent of those who have would do it again.
This is primarily due to the parent wanting to travel, but interestingly, 29 per cent said their primary reason was because travel is a good experience for their child. More than 50 per cent want to take holidays with their kids in the next 12 months.
So, luckily for you international jet-setters with kids out there, HotelsCombined have put together a lil’ list of kid-friendly hotels – so you can actually relax (and not think about how bad the plane ride home might be).
1. Jumeirah Beach Hotel (Dubai, UAE), from $649 per night
Jumeirah Beach Hotel is a five-star hotel that caters for children. Located next door to Wild Wadi Water Park, the kids can wander in through the hotel while you relax. The hotel also has a dedicated kids’ area with both activities for younger children and video games. Did we mention it’s right next to a water park?
2. Atlantis The Palm (Dubai, UAE), from $592 per night
Atlantis The Palm is an award-winning hotel located on the crescent of Dubai’s Palm Island. The hotel is home to the Aquaventure Waterpark and features water slides, a shark safari and a chance to swim with the dolphins at Dolphin Bay. You’ll love it even if you don’t have kids.
3. JW Marriot Phuket Resort and Spa (Phuket, Thailand), from $263 per night
JW Marriot Resort and Spa features water slides, outdoor tennis courts and a variety of outdoor activities. Each room is air conditioned and includes Wi-Fi and either a private terrace or balcony. What does a seperate terrace or balcony equal? Privacy.
4. Hotel Legoland (Billund, Denmark), from $558 per night
Hotel Legoland is a unique Lego themed hotel that your kids will love, located within walking distance of Legoland. As well as a fitness centre and swimming pool, there is a playground for the kids. But surely the name of the hotel is kid-friendly enough.
5. Aulani Disney Resort and Spa in Ko Olina (Oahu, Hawaii), from $726 per night
The kids will enjoy the hotel’s waterslides, kids club and jacuzzi. The hotel also features an infinity pool, private beach and free wireless internet. Plus all the disney movies you can watch.